Name: Julie Valentine
BYU employee since: August 2011.
My job at BYU is... overseeing the College of Nursing undergraduate program and research as associate dean.
I’m currently working on... supporting our undergraduate nursing program and faculty as we navigate teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and accreditation changes, along with several research studies related to sexual assault.
A display about the amazing research that nurses do sparked my interest in the nursing profession when I was 19 years old. I had no idea of the scope of nursing and nursing science!
My favorite part about teaching is... the “aha” moment when a student grasps a new concept. I know they will then implement that new knowledge into their nursing practice.
The best advice I’ve ever gotten about teaching is... to lose the word “but” in my vocabulary. If you share positive feedback to a student and then say “but,” the student primarily focuses on the negative information after the word “but.” I’ve learned this is great advice for all my communication!
My favorite topic to teach is... anything related to ethics in nursing and health care. I love to challenge students to consider differing opinions and perspectives.
When I have 30 minutes of free time, you can find me... walking. I crave connecting with the outdoors.
I became a BYU fan when... I married my amazing husband, Mark, a devoted alumnus and Cougar!
I chose to come to BYU because... I wanted the freedom to share how my faith is intertwined with my work as a nurse and a researcher.
On Saturday mornings, you’ll find me... hiking or sweating away in a high-intensity interval training exercise class. I still need to hike Y Mountain!
My current go-to comfort food is... homemade roasted tomato soup.
My favorite quote is... “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)